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Empire Justice Center posts election results

Four new members are serving on the Empire Justice Center board of directors.

Newly elected officers are Jim Rahmlow, a certified public accountant with Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. in Rochester; Lynn Levey, professor, Syracuse University College of Law; Sara Valencia, municipal attorney, city of Rochester; and Lauren Tobias, director of policy, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy in Albany.

They assumed office on Jan. 1 and will each serve an initial three-year term.

Rahmlow, a partner in his firm’s Tax Department, specializes in working with closely held businesses in a variety of industries including mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, obtaining bank and permanent financing, and strategic planning.

Levey was formerly the upstate director of the Center for Court Innovation, a Manhattan-based think tank dedicated to court reform and providing technical assistance on problem-solving court initiatives including community, domestic violence, drug and mental health courts.

Valencia is a former Empire Justice Center staff member who worked in the Rochester Disability Advocacy Program. She is also a past president of the Rochester Black Bar Association, where she focused on providing opportunities to meaningfully interact with youth in an effort to support, encourage and inspire them through mentorship in the “I’m Ready Program” through the Rochester City School District.

Tobias helps drive Schuyler’s strategic direction and policy proposals to positively impact disenfranchised New Yorkers. Before joining the Schuyler Center, she served in leadership positions in the state Department of Health.

Empire Justice also noted the departure, due to term limits, of board Chair Joseph Casion, partner at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP; and board member Thomas Maligno, executive director of the William Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center and director of Pro Bono and Public Service at Touro Law School.

In addition its new members, the board also re-elected two members: JoAnn Smith, senior advisor at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in Albany; and Michael Harren, partner at Trevett, Cristo, Salzer & Andolina P.C. in Rochester.

The board also elected executive officers for 2015 to serve for a term of one year:

Christine Rutigliano (chair), managing director for The Roffe Group; JoAnn Smith (vice chair), senior advisor at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; Candice Lucas (secretary), director of health, University of Rochester Medical Center; and Michael Harren (treasurer), Trevett, Cristo, Salzer & Andolina P.C.

Newly elected members join the current board, which includes:

Edward Premo II, partner, Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP; Melanie Wolk, special counsel, Trevett, Cristo, Salzer & Andolina P.C.; The Hon. John LaFalce, special counsel, Hogan Willig; Ray Brescia, director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School; Dave Munro, attorney; and Latonia Early-Hubelbank of The Law Offices of Anthony A. Capetola.